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USMNT notebook: Sebastian Lletget will not join team for Gold Cup

A hamstring injury suffered in LA Galaxy’s loss to New England will sideline Sebastian Lletget from the Concacaf Gold Cup

May 24, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget (17) dribbles the ball against the Orlando City SC during the second half at Orlando City Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a 1-0 loss to Jamaica in a friendly Wednesday night at Audi Field, the U.S. men’s national team likely could’ve used the speed and playmaking abilities of Sebastian Lletget.

But on Sunday in LA Galaxy’s loss to the New England Revolution, Lletget appeared to have suffered a hamstring injury early in the match. In the ninth minute, he was subbed off for Chris Pontius.

The Galaxy initially described the injury as a “left hamstring irritation,” but it appears to be a bit more serious as U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said Lletget will not be joining the national team for the Gold Cup.

“We’re going to miss him,” Berhalter said. “He was important to this group from a versatility standpoint and these things happen to players and it’s never nice.”

Lletget, 26, was initially called up to the national team prior to the friendly vs. Jamaica and was in search of his 10th cap. The California native made his debut with the national team in 2017 under Bruce Arena, and also played for the U.S. at the U-23 and U-20 levels. He has two senior national team goals to his name, scoring once against Honduras in World Cup qualifying and notching a second goal in a friendly vs. Costa Rica.

A product of West Ham United’s academy, the midfielder had been in solid form this MLS season, starting 15 games as a mainstay in the Galaxy’s lineup. Lletget has a goal and two assists so far this season.

Lletget was not listed on the most recent MLS injury report, published on Tuesday.

Berhalter’s 23-man roster for the Gold Cup will be released Thursday morning.

U.S. defender Tim Ream plays a ball to a teammate in a friendly vs. Jamaica at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. on June 5, 2019. (Mitchell Northam / Pro Soccer USA)

Zardes picks up a knock

Columbus Crew SC forward Gyasi Zardes was not in Berhalter’s gameday roster for Wednesday’s friendly due to an injury Berhalter said is not serious.

“Gyasi had a foot injury that he sustained in training yesterday,” Berhalter said. “We didn’t want to take any chances. He’s going to be fine, but we didn’t want to risk anything.”

Zardes, 27, has 44 caps for the national team and has scored seven goals and assisted on eight others during that stretch. In 15 games for the Crew this season, he has six goals and one assist.

Notes

  • New Toronto FC signing Omar Gonzalez started and played 90 minutes Wednesday night, making the 30-year-old defender the 54th  U.S. player to reach 50 caps.
  • Jackson Yueill earned his first national team cap, starting and playing 59 minutes. The 22-year-old UCLA product has played in 13 games with the San Jose Earthquakes this season, scoring a goal and assisting on two others.
  • Duane Holmes saw his first action on an international stage too, subbing on for Cristian Roldan in the 66th Holmes, 24, of Columbus, Georgia, plays for Derby County in the EFL Championship.
  • Yueill and Holmes are the eighth and ninth players to debut under Berhalter.
  • Berhalter on Holmes: “Duane performed well. What you see from him is exactly what you saw from him at Derby County. He has his mobility, he has aggressiveness, but he also has good technical ability in tight spaces. I thought he performed well tonight.”
  • Joe Gyau made his first USMNT appearance since 2014 on Wednesday, playing 18 minutes in front of his hometown crowd. Gyau, who plays for German side MSV Duisburg, has battled injuries over the past few seasons.
  • Matt Miazga captained the U.S. for the first time Wednesday.
  • Wednesday’s starting lineup had an average age of 24 years and 172 days, and an average experience of 15 caps.

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